Open enrollment – Nov. 8-30
A closer look at benefits for
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
TraditionalMedicalPlan 74.4% 77.2% 79.3% 81.7% 82.7% 83.4%
SelectNetworkPlan 20.8% 18.1% 15.8% 14.1% 12.1% 11.0%
GroupHealthCooperativeHMO 3.3% 3.0% 3.1% 2.8% 2.9% 2.6%
Advantage+healthplan 0.6% 0.7% 0.8% 1.4% 2.2% 3.0%
Select Network Plan Group Health
Medical Enrollment by Plan
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Open enrollment is set for Nov. 8 - 30 for engineers and techs
represented by SPEEA at The
This will be the 9th open
enrollment with the same
medical and dental plans for
Puget Sound professional
and technical workers at
Boeing. While the administrators may have changed, the
plan benefits have remained
the same for the past eight
and a half years.
One year from now, in the fall
of 2017, we will be discussing
changes to the medical plans
that will take place in January
Here are a few things to consider when you review the
annual open enrollment information from Boeing:
• Open enrollment – This is the only time
of the year you can make routine changes
to your health care. If you opt for a different plan, changes take effect Jan. 1, 2017.
• Deadline for correcting mistakes – Even
if you don’t change your benefits package,
you will receive a confirmation letter in
the mail. You have a limited amount of
time to request a correction.
See the following reminders for open enrollment:
Compare and choose
a medical plan
o Traditional Medical Plan
The Traditional Medical Plan (TMP)
makes the most sense for the vast
majority of members in the Prof and
Tech bargaining units.
;Massage Therapists (LMT) and
Naturopaths (ND) are not covered.
o Select Network Plan
The Select Network Plan has no network outside Washington state and
no routine out-of-network benefits.
The only non-network claims covered
are from an emergency room visit.
When comparing the Select Network
o Group Health
medical plan to TMP, don’t forget the
annual premiums required for the
Select Network Plan are more than
three times the amount of the cor-
responding TMP annual deductibles.
;Group Health has essentially no
network outside of the Puget Sound
and does not cover routine out-of-network or out-of-area benefits. The
only non-network claims covered are
from an emergency room visit.
;Might make sense for healthy,
Check if your dentist is contracted
with Washington Dental Service
o Nearly 80% of members and their families
are in the Preferred Dental Plan. Check
the participation level of your dentist at
www.deltadentalwa.com. If your dentist
is in the Delta Dental PPO or the Delta
Dental Premier network, you should likely
enroll in the WDS PPO/Network Dental
Plan. Even if your dentist is not in-network, you still may wish to be enrolled in
the Preferred Dental Plan.
Health Care Flexible Spending
o Once you choose a medical and dental
plan for next year, it is time to estimate
your 2017 costs and consider enrolling in
the FSA. Your entire election is generally
available the first day of the year, and if you
leave mid-year, you do not have to repay
the amount you have spent in excess of the
sum of your elections.
o Up to $500 of your unused FSA can roll
over, making at least a $500 election in
the FSA a good idea.
The SPEEA/Boeing Prof and Tech contracts
provide three dental plan options for represented employees in the Puget Sound. All three are
free from premium contributions.
Washington Dental Service (WDS)
Preferred Dental (aka Network)
;This is recommended for the vast
majority of SPEEA-represented
employees. For the highest benefit,
plan to use an in-network Washington
Dental Service (WDS) PPO dentist.
Nationwide in-network coverage is
available, using the National Delta
Dental PPO networks.
NOTE: In Washington state, PPO Network
and Premier Network dentists are
prohibited from billing you the difference between
the charged and the maximum allowable
rate, known as “balance billing.”
Washington Dental Service (WDS)
Scheduled Dental Plan
;The Boeing Scheduled Dental Plan is
administered by Washington Dental
Service (WDS). There is still no net-